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 Official Opening: Photo Exhibition ASL Study Tour Houston 2013 

Submitted by Ewa Adamkiewicz on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:18

On Monday, June 23, a number of students, faculty, supporter, and guests celebrated the official opening of the photo exhibition depicting the ASL study tour "Immigration, Religion, and Citizenship" to Houston. Among the guests were Consul Teta M. Moehs of the US Consulate General Leipzig, director of Leipzig University's International Centre Dr. Svend Pollock, and Dr. Gabriele Goldfuß, head of the division International Cooperation of the city Leipzig.

Professor Crister Garrett held warm welcoming remarks, as did Consul Moehs and Dr. Goldfuß. Elisabeth Böhme, one of the study tour participants and curator of the exhibition, welcomed the guests with a very special speech: She took the guests on a little time journey when she illustrated how the group of students finally made it to Houston. After the pilot announced that to unknown reasons no plane was permitted to land in Houston, the students were reminded of the famous words "Houston, we have a problem." The plane, an Airbus A380, made a detour to Dallas in order to refuel and to provide for a sensation, having been the first largest passenger jet to touch down in Dallas.

From September 19 till October 4, 2013, a group of students from Leipzig University and Jagiellonian University Kraków, under the supervision of Professor Hartmut Keil, took the academic experience from the classroom to the city of Houston. Having undergone tremendous demographic, economic, social, and cultural transformations, Houston can be regarded as a microcosm reflecting national as well as global developments. In order to better understand the interrelated dynamics of immigration, religion, and citizenship, as well as their ramifications for Houston’s economic, social, and cultural diversity in present and future, the group met, among others, with representatives of various organizations, interest groups, and religious communities. The photos of the exhibition document these meetings and give an insight into the diverse experiences of the study tour.

The exhibition is free and open to the public, and will be on display until June 30, 2014, at the Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude, 2nd Floor, Leipzig University.

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